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paddle wheel

a large wheel fitted with paddles, turned by an engine to propel a vessel on the water

paddle wheel

[′pad·əl ‚wēl]
(mechanical engineering)
A device used to propel shallow-draft vessels, consisting of a wheel with paddles or floats on its circumference, the wheel rotating in a plane parallel to the ship's length.
A wheel with paddles used to move leather in a processing vat.
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Sohail, Dimeric Paddle-wheel carboxylates of copper (II): Synthesis, crystal structure and electrochemical studies, Polyhedron, 50, 524 (2013).
There doesn't seem to be much demand for a paddle-wheel steamboat that is stuck in the woods five or six miles from the nearest water.
The signal conditioner provides a high intensity light source to the patented paddle-wheel sensor through a semi-flexible duplex fiber-optic cable.
You can take a more leisurely journey along the lake on a paddle-wheel cruiser, which ventures up the tight, intricate inlets and creeks along the way!
JeffBoat, Jeffersonville; Emp.: 650--Launched in 1938 on the site of the former Howard Shipyard--which during its heyday in the 19th century built more than 400 paddle-wheel ships--JeffBoat produces between 200 and 250 vessels each year at an 80-acre shipyard on the banks of the Ohio River.
The Archimedes was the first successful screw steamer in the world, and when Brunel saw it he suspended work on his own ship's paddle-wheel propulsion system and contracted to use the Archimedes for six months of sea trials.
Volunteers are at work on the Wapama-- at 580 tons, the biggest of the three--the paddle-wheel tug Eppleton Hall, and the steel-hulled tug Hercules.
WEBSTER -- The multiple layers of Webster Ventures' controversial plan to put a 75-foot paddle-wheel boat on Webster Lake via the Indian Ranch campground and concert venue continued Wednesday with the opening of a state Chapter 91 public hearing to consider expanded docking accommodations.
"It looks like we can hatch more than twice as many eggs with the see-saw in the same space and use half as much water as with the traditional paddle-wheel method," says Torrans.
Mark Fryer, the product engineer, says the right kind of drive was needed to control the speed of the paddle-wheel propulsion system.
Or imagine building a replica of the paddle-wheel apparatus James Joule used to determine the mechanical equivalent of heat, and recreating his experiment in order to reveal the role of particular skills in a great discovery--in this case the exquisite temperature-measuring skills of a 19th-century Manchester brewer.